Castries Mayor Peterson Francis has called for an end to the hypocrisy in Saint Lucia, while asserting that it appears that human rights issues are only raised in connection with actions by the police.
Francis recalled a July 19, 2019 incident in which two off duty cops went to the aid of a couple who were being robbed by two bandits along the Bexon Highway.
An exchange of gunfire ensued, resulting in one of the bandits sustaining a gunshot injury to the leg, whilst one officer sustained an injury to the stomach.
The Castries Mayor said he was grateful that the officer was not killed and commended both cops for being vigilant.
However Francis told reporters at a news conference Wednesday morning that he was taken aback that he had heard nothing from the human rights community or any citizen in relation to the incident.
According to the Castries Mayor, the President of the Police Welfare Association (PWA), Travis Chicot, was the “lone voice in the wilderness” commending the officers for what they had done.
“It looks like in Saint Lucia the only place that human rights are taken seriously is when it comes to police matters,” Francis asserted.
“But in the same way when the officers are wrong and we take them to task, when they have done something that is right why do we not take the same haste and try to commend them; try to help them; try to comfort them?”